The North East’s premier summer live music event has announced its most complete line up to date and it’s an incredible array of acts.


Headlining Hardwick Live 2015 is the legendary James.


With hit anthems including She’s A Star, Laid, Born Of Frustration, Sometimes, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) and Sit Down, James is behind some of the biggest hits of the past 30 years, selling over 12 million albums worldwide.


James will be joined by some of the biggest acts in music when the festival returns to Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield on Saturday August 22.


Since forming in Manchester in 1982, James’s enduring creativity and musical legacy has made them one of the most influential British indie bands. In a career spanning over three decades, top 10 albums like Gold Mother Seven, Laid, Whiplash and Millionaires, have contributed to one of the most intensely loyal fan bases in the business.


James’ 13th studio album, La Petite Mort, was released last year to critical acclaim and hailed as one of the “Best Albums of 2014” by The Guardian, featuring the singles Moving On, Frozen Britain, Curse Curse and All I’m Saying.


Famed for their incendiary live performances, James can be sure of an ecstatic reception as they headline Hardwick Live’s most complete line up to date.


James will be joined for the one-day festival by 10cc and Embrace to name just a few of the incredible line up, along with very special guests Razorlight.


Razorlight’s ascent to the top saw them supporting Queen, Oasis and The Rolling Stones before their own incredible chart-topping career spawned three, top five albums and a string of smash hit singles such as America, Somewhere Else and the infectious,  In The Morning.


Stockport’s favourite sons, the iconic 10cc, will bring with them an arsenal of hits including, The Things We Do For Love, I’m Not In Love and Dreadlock Holiday as they treat Hardwick Live to a set that explains their legion of fans, which includes

Robert Plant, Chrissie Hynde and Axl Rose.


Yorkshire band Embrace, whose debut album The Good Will Out was one of the fastest selling releases in British history, are making their Hardwick Live debut.  The band scored two further number one albums, Out Of Nothing and This New Day.


Having already clocked up three number one albums with Brits award-winning producer Youth, they went on to have six top ten singles and a string of sold out arena shows.


Chris Martin is so much a fan that he wrote the band’s single Gravity for them and went on to cover the track with Coldplay.


Gravity and Ashes, two of the band’s biggest hit singles, appeared on their most successful album, Out of Nothing, which reached double platinum status in the UK, selling more than one million, whilst their most recent album, Embrace, again saw the band soar into the UK top five albums.


Embrace will treat the Hardwick Live crowd to a host of anthems, such as Come Back To What You Know, Fireworks, and All You Good Good People. 

Event organiser, John Adamson, said, “We’re in our third year now of this incredible festival and the line-up for Hardwick Live 2015 is easily our best and most complete yet. The top four artists alone have all headlined other festivals in recent years. You can’t ask for better than that.”


Along with James, Razorlight, 10cc and Embrace, Hardwick Live 2015 will also feature live appearances by Birmingham-based ska group, The Beat, who have enjoyed decades of success and stormed through the 80s with singles including Mirror in the Bathroom and Can’t Get Used to Losing You.


Also joining the line-up is Ivor Novello award-winning singer/songwriter Scott Matthews . Scott’s haunting vocals saw him win the “Best Song Musically and Lyrically” at the prestigious awards, beating off competition from groups such as Arctic Monkeys.


Natasha North has recently supported Suzanne Vega and is supporting American giants Train on their UK arena tour. Natasha will be taking to the Hardwick Live stage after recently selling out shows in her own right in London and with BBC Radio 1 sitting up and starting to take notice the future looks very bright indeed.


Hardwick Live is a great supporter of new music and 2015 sees BBC Radio 1 and Xfm favourites Meadowlark join the bill.   Meadowlark already has a host of major record labels chasing them for their signature and it’s no surprise, considering they’re armed with an arsenal of excellent tunes supported by the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Fearne Cotton, Greg James and more.


With more acts still to be announced, 2015 is bound to be a bumper year for Hardwick Live.


Tickets for Hardwick Live 2015, priced from £8 children and £49 per adult, will go on sale on Thursday April 2.  For more information